KUCHING: The army will set up a field hospital in Kapit to accommodate non-Covid-19 patients following discussions between the Health and Defence ministries on the matter.
A medical team from the First Infantry Division will be deployed to Kapit in the first week of May for the field hospital, the division said in a statement on Tuesday (May 4).
It said a survey team was already in Kapit to coordinate needs with the local authorities, including the deployment of personnel and medical assets.
“The field hospital is to be set up at Dewan Masyarakat Melayu Kapit, about 5km from Kapit Hospital.
“It will enable patients in the Kapit area to receive medical treatment unrelated to Covid-19, ” the First Infantry Division said.
It noted that Kapit Hospital was facing difficulties in accommodating large numbers of patients at a time because the area was experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Kapit is a town on the Rajang River in central Sarawak, about 140km upriver from Sibu.
On Monday (May 4), Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said his ministry was in talks with the Defence Ministry to set up field hospitals in Kelantan and Sarawak.
He said there was a need for field hospitals to accommodate patients with other ailments to reduce the burden on hospitals dealing with Covid-19 cases.